Updated: Jul 7, 2021
🌱 Self regulation and will power 🌱
➡️ So what is self regulation and what does it involve? A person regulating themselves without intervention from external bodies. Self regulation is sometimes called will-power which is the capacity to override our emotions, thoughts, impulses or behaviors. Self-regulation is one of the most important components of our well being. Good self-regulators are healthier and do better in school, at work, and in personal relationships. Poor self-regulation is linked to impulsiveness, more emotional instability, increased criminal behavior and substance use.
🌟 Self regulation involves
some typical processes. You set a standard: a goal or a desirable state, such as reaching an ideal weight.
🌟 You monitor your behavior: am I sticking to my diet? You deploy your self regulation, or will power: this week I'll cut out desserts. And you enlist your motivations:
🌟 I really want to lose weight so I'll feel better about myself.
🌟 What research asserts is that self -regulation is closely linked to the personality trait of conscientiousness.
➡️ What is Conscientiousness? The quality of wishing to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly.
🌟Self-regulation works like a muscle, we can strengthen it with exercise and consistency. In fact, physical exercise, because it involves steady application of will-power, appears to bolster our mental muscle.
🌟 However, the moral of the story is this, when you're will-power or self-regulation is depleted, people with lower self-esteem become even more negative about themselves than usual. So it is imperative that you continue to strengthen your mental state of being. And stay mindful about what you're doing, why you're doing it and how you feel during this period. There are multiple steps 👣 in the process of self-regulation and self-monitoring so stay vigilant 👀
🌟 Motivation can counter will-power fatigue.
🌱 Do the things that help you become your best self 🌱